photo[2]Sixties supermodel and fashion icon Twiggy christened Emerald Sky, the first ship from new river cruise line Emerald Waterways this morning in Amsterdam.

“I’m amazed the bottle actually smashed,” Twiggy said. Emerald Waterways is the new travel brand from Scenic Tours and the first new river cruise line to launch on European waterways in several years. The ship owners, Glenn and Karen Moroney, and Emerald Waterways Managing Director for Europe, Lucas Sandmeier gave speeches.

Lucas Sandmeier said: “The journey which has led us to today has been full of ideas which have led us to this beautiful ship.

“There is no comparison with other ships on the market at the moment – the swimming pool and cinema feature is just one of the unique aspects. We are already in the midst of constructing two more new ships for 2015.”

Both of Emerald Waterways’ two sleek, state-of-the-art ships, Emerald Sky and sister ship Emerald Star, carry 182 guests and has features such as the rooftop pool and cinema, designed to attract a younger audience to the delights of river cruising.

Cruise International